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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 3:46 am


A dozen for Tanaka...Giants woes continue

UNDATED (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tan-NAH'-kah) won his major league-leading 12th game by pitching the New York Yankees past the Minnesota Twins 7-4. Carlos Beltran hit a three-run home run and Zelous Wheeler homered in his big league debut after eight years in the minors.

Tanaka pitched just well enough to win. He went seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, and improved his mark to 12-3.

David Robertson notched his 19th save with a hitless ninth inning and the Yankees started an 11-game road trip with a sigh-of-relief performance that put their record back at the .500 mark.

Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes fell to 8-5 with the loss.

In other MLB action:

— The San Francisco Giants' June swoon has continued into July. The Giants, who looked like they might run away with the National League West title a month ago, have fallen out of first place. They lost for the 17th time in 22 games when the St. Louis Cardinals whacked the Giants 7-2 at AT&T Park. Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta hit a two-run homer among his two hits.

— Max Scherzer allowed two hits in eight outstanding innings, and the Detroit Tigers backed their All-Star right-hander with three early homers in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter all went deep for the Tigers, who've won 12 of 14.

— Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) won is 11th game with eight solid innings, Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2.

— Baltimore finished a four-game sweep of Texas with a 5-2 win over the Rangers. Wei-Yin Chen won his eighth game as the Rangers lost their ninth straight road game. Steve Pearce had a career-high four hits and drove in two runs.

— Sonny Gray allowed four hits over seven innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Gray is 8-3. Stephen Vogt scored the winning run on a passed ball in the second inning and the A's made it hold up behind Gray and two relievers.

— Arizona broke open a close game with seven runs in the ninth inning and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3. David Peralta homered and drove in four runs.

— Philadelphia rallied with two in the ninth to nip Miami 5-4 to snap a six-game losing streak. Ben Revere scored the go-ahead run when Miami second baseman Donovan Solano bobbled a grounder.

— David Freese hit a two-run double, Matt Shoemaker pitched in and out of trouble for six innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Shoemaker (6-2) allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks, and worked with runners on base in every inning.


Yanks' Sabathia return delayed

UNDATED (AP) — CC Sabathia's return to the New York Yankees' rotation is being delayed because he had swelling in his injured right knee after making his second rehabilitation start.

Sabathia made a start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. He had an MRI on Thursday. The left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem nearly two months.

In other baseball news:

— Texas ace Yu Darvish had his start pushed back a day after a rain delay in Baltimore. Darvish will now make his start on the Fourth of July against the New York Mets.


AP source: Nowitzki, Mavs agree to deal

UNDATED (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the future Hall of Famer.

A person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

New contracts can't be signed until next Thursday.

The 36-year-old Nowitzki is taking a big pay cut with a contract similar in value and structure to the one Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago.


AP Source: Spurs Mills has surgery...Cavs meet with James' agent

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the details says San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills has had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

The procedure was done Thursday in Dallas, the person tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made. There is no timetable for Mills' return.

Despite his injury, Mills has agreed to re-sign on a multiyear deal with the Spurs, according to reports. Contracts can't be signed until July 10.

In other NBA news:

— A person familiar with the discussion says the Cavaliers met with the agent for LeBron James about the superstar's possible return to the team he left four years ago. Cavs officials and Rich Paul visited this week as James continued his family vacation.

— — The Golden State Warriors have hired Alvin Gentry, Ron Adams, Luke Walton, Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser to join new coach Steve Kerr's staff.


NFL suspends three

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has suspended Indianapolis backup receiver LaVon Brazill for the 2014 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Brazill was suspended for the first four games last season for violating the substance abuse policy. He said at the time it was for marijuana use.

Miami's Dion Jordan gets a four-game suspension for testing positive for a prohibited stimulant. Jordon took full responsibility for the test, in a statement released by the Dolphins. The suspension starts with the first game of the regular season. Jordan can return to the active roster on Sept. 29.

Kansas City Chiefs backup offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins has been suspended for four games for undisclosed violations.


Ex-players sue opposing concussion settlement

UNDATED (AP) — Seven retired NFL players are objecting to a proposed settlement of concussion claims, calling it a "lousy deal" for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation.

The players' lawyers filed a motion in federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday urging a judge to reject the settlement between the NFL and as many as 20,000 retired players. The settlement provides up to $5 million each for retired players who develop Lou Gehrig's disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions suffered during their pro careers.

The players' objection says the deal excludes players with symptoms of a degenerative brain condition, those suffering from milder brain injuries and veterans of the defunct NFL Europe.


Bouchard, Kvitova reaches women's final

LONDON (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard (boo-SHARD') has made Canadian tennis history.

The 20-year old has become the first from her country, male or female, to make it to a grand slam final. Bouchard will play for the Wimbledon title after beating third-seed Simona Halep (HA'-lehp) 7-6, 6-2.

She'll take on Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) for the women's crown. The 2011 champ beat fellow Czech Lucie Safarova (sa-fuh-ROH'-vuh) 7-6, 6-1.


Blixt takes lead

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (AP) — Jonas Blixt is trying to go two-for-two at The Greenbrier Classic. The Swede, who won this event last year, fired a 6-under 64 to take the first round lead. But he has plenty of company at the top of the leaderboard. Seven golfers are just a shot off the pace, including Jason Bohn, Joe Durant and D.A. Points. Nine others, led by Steve Stricker, are two back.


Couples, 2 others withdraw

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Fred Couples has withdrawn from the U.S. Senior Open because of a back injury, and Craig Stadler and Graham Marsh also pulled out of next week's event. Stadler also cited a back injury and Marsh pulled out because of an undisclosed injury.


Gleason returns to Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina and defenseman Tim Gleason have agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The deal comes just six months after the Hurricanes sent Gleason to Toronto in a trade. The Maple Leafs placed the 31-year old Gleason on unconditional waivers this week for the purpose of buying out his contract.


College of Charleston coach in hot water

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An investigation by the College of Charleston found men's basketball coach Doug Wojcik likely verbally abused players, using threatening, degrading and profane language in dealing with the team — including using a homophobic slur against one player.

A report of the school investigation was obtained by The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston. College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell said in a statement he was consulting with appropriate staff about the findings.

The 50-page report contains summaries of interviews with Wojcik and 26 others.


College bigs: Athletes aren't employees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A national organization representing college and university presidents is disputing a federal ruling that students who receive college athletic scholarships are essentially employees of their schools with collective-bargaining rights.

The 1,800 members American Council on Education filed a 30-page friend-of-the court brief, taking issue with the ruling by a National Labor Relations Board regional director. It allows college athletes at Northwestern University to unionize. It was one of several briefs filed on both sides of the debate.

The full labor board is weighing the case.

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